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MORE LOCALS ARRIVE HOME FROM AFRICA
By the end of the Easter holiday weekend sand martins were prospecting for housing development possibilities. The sandy soils around Snook Point may well be suitable for excavating avian nurseries.
STRANGE 'TUG' OFF THE FARNE ISLANDS
Included among the Good Friday visitors to the Seahouses area was the vessel "NERO", designated officially as a 341-tonne tug from the Netherlands, constructed last year. She was reported to be on her way from Rotterdam to the Firth of Forth. There are other details (and clearer pictures) on-line here.
EVEN THREE SWALLOWS DON'T QUITE MAKE A SUMMER
First glimpses of high-speed swallows are impossible to capture effectively even with digital technology. But it was clear that some airborne migrants had arrived from Africa in time to join the blue-sky Easter holidaymakers!
LAMBRETTA CLUB COAST TO COAST RALLY
The fifth of April saw two hundred and seventeen spectacularly loved vintage Lambrettas congregating by Seahouses Lifeboat Station. The occasion was the start of the Lambretta Club of Great Britain's Coast to Coast charity rally in aid of Cancer Research UK. Having assembled from all parts of the country, they set off on a truly cross-country route indirectly to Silloth on the Solway coast of Cumbria, via the Holy Island and Coldstream. The organisers wrote, "Everyone who spent time in Seahouses was made welcome wherever we ate, drank, slept or camped. We were helped by the RNLI and the Harbourmaster: we wish to thank them and the businesses and people of Seahouses for their hospitality. We had a great time and would hope to return in the future."
Our outer breakwater is once again transformed into an obstacle course. Last year's barrier was removed by waters of the December storm. Unfortunately the insurance industry is more nervous and insistent nowadays than it has been over the past century-plus!
DANIO INCIDENT CONCLUDED
The middle weekend of March 2013 brought Seahouses to the world's attention via press and TV reports of the inexplicable grounding of the DANIO on the rocks of the Farne Islands. It was just this March that various court cases ended with a fine of £60,000 being imposed.
These early birds aren't hoping to catch the worm, rather are their hormones driving them to seek nest sites. The kittiwakes on the left regularly set up substantial breeding colonies on the golf course cliffs, south of Seahouses harbour, through springtime and early summer.
It would be cheating to imply that Seahouses plays host to puffins. But they CAN be seen on the Farne Islands: resident Wardens report their early arrival too. And Seahouses is THE port of embarkation for visiting the Farne Islands!
NEWLY INSTALLED DEFIBRILLATOR
March 2014 saw another life-saving facility installed at the Seahouses Lifeboat Station. The public access defibrillator is now available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year: it needs only a 999 call to reveal the lock code for the HeartSafe cabinet 759.
Seahouses First Responders had got together with the NHS North East Ambulance Service and the Arrhythmia Alliance Heart Rhythm Charity.
FPV MORVEN SURVEYS INSHORE OFF SEAHOUSES
While a massive cargo vessel crept past the Farne Islands offshore, a more modest, 20-metre vessel was busily occupied on our inshore waters. Working at a virtual walking pace, 4.2 knots in fact, the 'special craft' FPV Morven cruised repeatedly up and down between Seahouses harbour area and the Farne Islands, conducting a survey. It is true that the second Monday in March provided calm, sunny conditions ideal for any cruise, but there must have been more to it than that! The www.fleetmon.com website refers to a "Farne Islands Survex" - which may be something special or it may be a typing error. Last year the Morven was engaged for a benthic ecology survey in the English Channel. But, interestingly, it is also listed as being "for use in the offshore wind industry".
COLTSFOOT EARLY APPEARANCE
It may have been partly the effect of the mild February. But the earliest coltsfoot flowers spotted by March 10th were in among the vegetation eroded and dumped by the December storms. North beach had its sand dunes severely cut back during the winter. The tangled masses of marram grass leaves, stems, rhizomes and roots evidently included some tough fragments of Tussilago farfara too!
SEAHOUSES TEA TOWEL
FOR SALE AROUND THE VILLAGE
For the first time ever, so far as we can learn, there is now a purpose-designed SEAHOUSES TEA TOWEL. Rather larger than your average kitchen accessory, it measures 20" wide and 30" long. Photographic images show a boat trip "To the Farne Islands and Holy Island"; "North Beach"; "Thrift"; "Busy harbour in the centre of the village"; "Orchid"; "Smoke-house kippers"; "Fresh sea food" lobster; "Angler boat"; "Countryside too" across farmland to the Cheviots; "Beach rides"; "South beach"; "Railway walk"; and "RNLB Grace Darling".
Stockists include Drift and Polka Dot in the Main Street centre of the village; Swallow Fish in South Street just off the Coast Walk route; and the Tourist Information Centre on the main car park. The concensus indicates a retail price of £4.99 each.
GOLF BALL RECYCLING in aid of R N L I Lifeboats:
The Resource Centre, 62 Main Street, Seahouses.
All contributors and purchasers welcome!
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